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Lots of words in the English language are or were two words originally.

  • Somehow
  • Nobody
  • Erstwhile

But many often conjoined words are not 'allowed'. The one that springs to mind is 'alot'.

Why are some of these ok, and others not? How do these joined-up words enter English vocabulary but not others?

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closed as not constructive by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, Lynn, Zairja, Roaring Fish Oct 27 '12 at 6:52

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The Academy. – John Lawler Oct 26 '12 at 22:40
I'm voting to close this as Not Constructive. But I won't vote to delete if the chance comes up, because I want to cite this as the "original" when I vote to close every future "Who decides what's valid English?" question as a duplicate. – FumbleFingers Oct 27 '12 at 0:23
Mostly by chance. – Alex B. Oct 27 '12 at 1:41
+1 I donot think this is "notreally a question" or even "not a realquestion". – Kris Oct 27 '12 at 4:42